Posted On : September 30, 2023

Martial Arts for Personal Success: the Samurai Sword

I’m excited to let you know about an important essay that has recently come out focusing on the benefits of the study and practice of Iaido — the martial art of the Samurai Sword.

The essay is titled “I love swords, so I designed a course on how to use them to succeed in life.” It is by Lance England (Ed.S.), Instructor at the University of Tennessee and President of the Satori-ryu Budo. England Sensei is a trusted, valued colleague we have worked closely with for many years.

This essay has been published in the prestigious international online journal The Conversation, as part of their “Uncommon Courses” series. You’ll find a brief overview below:

Iaido, the martial art of the Samurai Sword, focuses on keeping our cognitive and emotional balance amid turmoil and distraction.

In our current environment, information and stimuli bombard us at an unprecedented rate. These near-constant demands on our senses and for our attention are often disorienting — and can be overwhelming.

It is a real challenge to maintain our sense of calm and inner peace in this maelstrom.

The lessons we learn from the study and practice of martial arts — in this instance, iaido — help us to achieve and maintain our emotional and perceptual balance.

Our training with the katana — the samurai sword — develops and strengthens our emotional calm and our mental focus when dealing with challenging, stressful situations in day-to-day life. It also helps us develop a sense of calm, focus and harmony within ourselves.

Please follow the link below to read England Sensei’s essay in full. I believe you will find it worth your time: